Choosing the Best Cat Litter for Odor Control

The best cat litter for odor control can be hard to find. You might have try some out to find what works for you and your cat. Here are the basic types of cat litter, and some information on what they can do to meet your odor control needs.

Non Clumping Clay Litter

Non clumping clay litter must be replaced no more often than once a week. Some litters come with added fragrances and odor-control agents. Quality of odor control can be highly variable.

Clumping Clay Litter

Clumping kitty litter forms removable clumps and can be replaced monthly. Lumps should be removed daily. Odor control is high if lumps are removed daily.

Litter Crystals

Litter crystals are made from silica gel and are highly absorbent. However, it does not form removable clumps. Crystal litter needs to be replaced weekly. Odor control is variable.

Biodegradable Litters

Biodegradable litters are made from such substances as paper, wood, wheat, and corn. Some of these litters, such as those made with pine, offer a high level of odor control, while others do not. However, many biodegradable litters are flushable and most offer easy clean-up.

Other Odor Control Options

An automatic litter box, such as the Littermaid, can greatly reduce odor, and can be used with almost any commercially available clumping cat litter. Toilet training for cats can help your cat learn to use the toilet bowl, eliminating the need for smelly litter boxes altogether.